Calling All Unicorns! 25 Best Pastel Hair Colors Right Now

Pastel hair colors

A pastel hair color is a soft and muted shade of any fashion hue. One of the trending hair colors these past few years, pastels in its universe of shades are making the scenes out on the streets and even on the red carpet!

Unconventional hair colorist Liz Cook bravely uses her creative wits to mix at least three different pastel tones, creating enchanting IG-famous hairstyles!

Whether you’re leaning toward a solid pastel shade or a multi-tonal hair, every hue of the rainbow is available for you to try! All you need is an expert colorist who can guide you through the process.

Going pastel is a real investment because, to make the colors pop, lightening your strands is a must – and we all know that bleaching could seriously damage the hair if left untreated. This is where your stylist-recommended at-home care products save the day!

The best pastel hair dye comes from the product lines Mydentity hair dye! It’s no secret that Guy Tang is the King of Balayage, and his hair dye products can be mixed and matched, or used on their own to create the best pastel colors for you!

Before your next hair appointment, check out these popular photos of pastel hair colors.

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Pastel Lavender Locks

Pastel Lavender Locks
Instagram @hairbylauraalina

Ashy pastel hair is the trend nowadays. Shades like this are great for women with pale and light skin tones. Get on the pastel train and try this ash lilac hair that you won’t regret!

Pastel Blue Hair Ombre

Pastel blue hair ombre

Pastel blue hair ombre is perfect for women who love the blonde mixed with blue. To get this look, ask your colorist for a heavy highlight. Tone with silver roots into a pastel blue on the ends.

Pastel Coral

Pastel coral
Instagram @megmdoeshairs

Pastel coral is the perfect peachy gradient. To get this look, ask your colorist to lighten your hair completely solid with a pastel coral overlay.

Hot Pink Pastel Hair

Hot pink pastel hair
Instagram @john.n1115

Hot pink pastel hair is perfect for women who want to change up their blonde and add some color temporarily. This pastel tone tends to fade back to blonde quickly. To get this look, ask your colorist for a solid blonde with a pastel pink overlay.

Rose Gold Pastel

Rose gold pastel
Instagram @magandahairstudio

Rose gold pastel is a versatile hair hue that complements neutral and warmer skin tones. For people with richer shades of hair color, they should be pre-lightened to see it at its truest hue. To maintain this color, find a rose gold color conditioner.

Pastel Mermaid Hair

Pastel Mermaid Hair
Instagram @pinupjordan

Indigo pastel ombre recreates a very iridescent mermaid-inspired hue though being pastel in color. Hashtag dreamy for days!

Pastel Pink

peachy pastel pink hair
Instagram @hairbykysa

Candy floss all day with this carnival pastel pink color. Add on the hipster vibes with a wavy chop. Pastel colors like this are perfect for the summer!

Mint Pastel Hair Color

Mint Pastel Hair Color
Instagram @courtgannhair

Indeed, pastel shades are vivid and calming! Live like a pixie in the forest, rocking a soft-hued mint green hair dye.

Pastel Lilac Shade

Pastel Lilac Shade
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Embrace a pastel vanilla lavender hair made lavish with purple roots. Just remember to use purple shampoo and have regular visits to your salon for touch-ups. Pastel hair colors require regular maintenance, too.

Cotton Candy Waves on Pastel Rainbow Hair

Cotton Candy Waves on Pastel Rainbow Hair
Instagram @peacock_hair_designs

Hints of cotton candy rainbow pastel hues are mixed just right for that punchy, cool look that doesn’t scream for much attention. Sometimes, less is more!

If the usual blonde hair isn’t your thing anymore, try this one with multiple pastel colors. This hair inspiration is looking unique and very pretty!

Pastel Red Hair

Pastel Red Hair
Instagram @kerhon_timo

The Red Queen has arrived! Waves and a v-line cut: only the best pastel red hair for her highness.

Pastel Violet and Burgundy Mane

Pastel Violet and Burgundy Mane
Instagram @bymaggiekime

Pastel purple really comes in all shades. The stacked bob went well with this burgundy hue. Look trendy and edgy by upgrading and making your darker hair color pastel.

Pastel Silver Hair

Pastel Silver Hair
Instagram @zusjehaaridee

Pastel silver hair is delicate and an easy way to amp up your style. It’s almost monochromatic with a tinge of luster.

Pastel Green Hair

Green Hair Color
Instagram @elissawolfe

Not until recently, has a pastel green hair dye been a trending color to wear on your crown. To keep this cloudy lime color, use products that protect hair and wash hair with cold water.

Grey Pastel Hair Color

Grey Pastel Hair Color
Instagram @kovacidemir

An ashy vanilla pastel hue is what your hair needs! Try out this color on your medium locks for some sensational times.

Pastel Purple

Pastel Purple Hair Color
Instagram @hairbychelseaamaarie_

Ube-flavored dreams in pastel color coming your way! A light and faded lilac hue as colored by colorist Chelsea surely got into the curly pastel purple tresses of this lovely lady.

Plush Light Pink Pastel Hair

Plush light pink pastel hair
Instagram @bynatalieobrien

That grayish pastel pink came with a warning: get noticed everywhere you go with plush, light pink hair and pastel highlights. This trend is an awesome upgrade for anyone’s natural hair color.

Orange Pastel

Orange Pastel
Instagram @sallitimlin

This pastel hair is a drop of peach, apricot, and all the sweet things you can think of! Muted ginger colors are the next big thing in this industry.

Pastel Pink Ombre

This pastel pink ombre color was created by hairstylist Marisabel Romo of Chandler, AZ.

“The best thing about this hair color is the shine and contrast between the beautiful natural color and the way it transitions to pastel pink,” says Romo.

In order to get this gorgeous pastel-colored hair, Romo says you have to be at a level 10 blonde (inside of a banana peel). “It was easy to reach this on the model in the picture because her natural level is a 7 dark blonde. It’s a long process with level 3 dark brown hair,” she explains.

Pro Tip: Be mindful you may have to return in about 2 weeks to refresh the color.

Short Pastel Hair

Short Pastel Hair
Instagram @kamhairandbody

This is an uplifting, fun, and playful pastel rainbow hair color created by stylist Shannon Diamond of Scotland.

If you’re looking at fashion colors like these, Diamond says to think about its maintenance and wearability. She explains, “this image was captured four weeks after application and all tones used have beautifully morphed into lighter versions of what they originally were.”

Products like Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner or Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner are key to keep this pastel color long-lasting.

Light Blue Pastel Tones

Light Pastel Blue Tones
Instagram @carry__

These light blue pastel tones are a really modern look and were created by hairstylist Carol Geiger of Switzerland.

She explains, “these hair colors wash out beautifully. After 2 weeks it will turn more green, and after 1 month, it turns into a light pastel mint color.”

Geiger says to consider that these types of color in hair don’t last very long. “They wash out more quickly than the natural colors like blonde or brown tones, so you probably have to go to the hair salon more often. You also have to bleach the hair until its white-blonde before you can do color like that, so your hair should be as healthy as possible,” she adds.

You have to be a woman who takes her time for the hair treatment because, after the bleaching and addition of the best pastel hair dye, your hair needs frequent treatments like masks, a good color-saving conditioner, and moisturizing leave-in & styling products.

Pastel Teal

This pastel teal color has a ton of versatility and it was created by hairstylist Jessica Jones of Brantford, ON.

“Ask your colorist to section out the two halves in a zigzag pattern so that depending on how you feel about parting your hair, it could look completely different,” says Jones.

She adds, “you must have your hair lightened to a very pale shade of blonde for the true tone to show. This takes patience and can be costly. Secondly, pastel shades do tend to fade faster than richer/jewel-toned colors.”

Pastel Peach Colored Hair

This short pastel peach colored hair features a slightly grown-out-rooted look. It was created by hairstylist Britney Powell of Vernon, BC.

“These shades of pastel hair are for the type of woman who is always keen to try new things and doesn’t mind the maintenance and upkeep of the pastel life,” says Powell. “It also complements light or pale skin tone.”

Pastel Unicorn Hair

Pastel Unicorn Hair
Instagram @sheartale

This pastel unicorn hair was created with Mydentity hair dye and its bonding sidekick, Olaplex! The colorist behind this look is Megan Campbell of Las Vegas, NV.

“While this pastel hairstyle is achievable using other brands, they were the foundation of this look,” says Campbell. “Ask your colorist to use the diagonal parting technique because it makes the color look different no matter where you choose to part it. Likewise, if parted down the center, it makes a ribbon effect. If you choose to part your hair on the side, then it will actually take on a more dramatic peekaboo effect.”

Pastel balayage will require toners, treatments, and glazes or full colors, all before the fun shades are even applied. Dark hair starting levels will take longer and require more steps to achieve pastels than naturally lighter hair will. Also, each visit will take between 5-7 hours to create the unicorn tears magic.

Furthermore, pastels are a fragile color in any color line. They all tend to fade fast. So, if this is the pastel unicorn hair of your dreams, Campbell wants you to know it’s considered a high-maintenance color and will require regular maintenance to maintain the pastel hues.

Platinum White Pastel Hair Color

Platinum White Pastel Hair Color
Instagram @hairbyjaimie77

This is a platinum white pastel hair color with an overtone to a slight pastel lilac root. It flatters women with warm skin undertones and was created by hairstylist Jaimie Brown of Marietta, OH.

If you have pastel-inspired hair color ideas, Brown says you really should have a natural level 7 hair or above. Plus, maintenance is something to consider.  Touch ups are needed every 5 weeks.

“Ask your colorist to send you home with a purple shampoo (Pulp Riot Barcelona) for at-home maintenance,” she notes. “Also, use an at-home conditioning treatment once a week and oil with a heat protectant.”